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POST-GAZETTE, APRIL 4, 2014 Page 11 THEATER NOW PLAYING UPTOWN & DOWNTOWN DANCE Don't miss "outrageously funny" comedian, Joe Avati, at the Regent Theatre! Check COMEDY section for more infor- mation. ior our new album," says Urs Buhler of II Divo. MUSIC HOUSE OF BLUES cITI PERFORMING ARTS 15 Lansdowne Street, Boston CENTER, WANG THEATRE 888-693-2583 270 Tremont Street, Boston 617-482-9393 LANA DEL REY -- May 6. Eliza- beth Woolridge Grant (born June IL DIVO -- May 16. The record- 21, 1986), known by her stage name breaking classical crossover group Lana Del Rey, is an American singer- that has sold more than 26 million songwriter. Del Rey started writing albums worldwide willbring //D/vo-- at the age of 18 and'she signed A Musical Affair: The Greatest Songs her first recording contract with of Broadway Live to the Citi Wang 5 Points Records in 2007, releasing Theatre in support of the group's sixth her first digital album Lana Del Ray studio album, A Musical Affair. The in January 2010. Del Rey bought show intertwines the most famous herself out of the contract with songs from Broadway musicals with 5 Points Records in April 2010. the individual theatrical experiences She signed a joint contract with of Carlos, David, Urs and Sebastien. Interscope, Polydor, and Stranger The album A Musical Affair show- Records in July 201 i. Del Rey's music cases II Divo's signature romantic and has been noted for its cinematic emotional interpretation of heartfelt sound and its references to various classics like Some Enchanted Evening aspects of pop culture, particularly (South Pacific), "Bring Him Home" that of the 1950s and 1960s Ameri- (Les Miserables), "Tonight" (West Side cana. The singer has described her- Story) and more. II Divo has also pro- self as a "self-styled gangsta Nancy vided new arrangements for these Sinatra." Before signing to a major much-loved songs, as well as invited record label, Del Rey provided familiar Broadway and pop artists to sole production of her music videos. appear on certain tracks as their Musically, she draws influence from duet partners. "It has been so inspir-, what she deems to be the masters ing to work with such legendary songs of each genre, including Elvis Presley, from the world of Broadway musicals Amy Winehouse, Janis Joplin, ITALIAN RADIO PRO(;RAMS "The Sicilian Corner" -- I0:00 am to Noon every Friday with hosts Tom Zappala and Mike Lomazzo and "The Italian Show" with Nunzio DiMarca every Sunday from 9:00 am to Noon. Go to www.1110wccmam.cortL "Italia Oggi" -- Sundays ii:00 am to Noon with host Andrea Urdi 1460 AM. Go to "Dolce Vita Radio" -- DJ RocGardarco Mesiti 11:00 am-l:00 pm; Sundays 90.7 FM or online "The Nick Franciosa Show" -- Sundays from Noon to 3:00 pm on WLYN 1.360 AM and WAZN 1470 AM. "Guido OUva Italian Hour" -- 8:00 am-9:00 am Sundays on WSRO 650 AM and online at COMEDY "Tony's Place" on MusicAmeriea WPLM FM 99.1 -- Sundays 9:00 pm-40:00 pm on MusicAmerica. Host Ron Della Chiesa presents Tony's Place. Visit www.MusicNotNoise.conu "L'Italia Chiamo Italian Radio Show" hosted by Stefano Marchese and Emanuele Capoano --Thursdays 2:00 pm-4",00 pm, Visit www.zumix.arg/radio or; emaih //ta/_/achiamo_show@g .mff/.com. Tel. 857-334-0868. Nirvana, Eminem, Bruce Springsteen, and Britney "Spears, as well as from poetry and film noir. TD GARDEN I00 Legends Way, Boston 617-624-1050 CHER -- April 9. The one and only Cher herself revealed that she will kick off . her Dressed to Kill 49-city North American Tour begin- ning in Phoenix on March 22~ with stops in NY, LA, Boston, Las Vegas and other major markets. The tour comes to TD Garden on Wednesday, April 9th. Cher's previous tour. The Farewell Tour (later dubbed The Never Can Say Goodbye Tour) was one of the most successful tours ever by a solo artist. Cher played for a record-breaking 325 dates and was seen by over 5.5 million people. THE HANOVER THEATRE 2 Southbridge St., Worcester 877-571-SHOW (7469) LES MISERABLES --April 4-6. This international smash-hit may be the most popular musical in the world. In 19th century France, Jean Valjean is released from 19 years of unjust imprisonment, but finds nothing in store for him but mistrust and mis- treatment. He breaks his parole in hopes of starting a new life, initiating a life-long struggle for redemption as he is relentlessly pursued by police inspector Javert, who refuses to be- lieve Valjean can change his ways. Finally, during the Paris student up: rising of 1832, Javert must confront his ideals after Valjean spares his life and saves that of the student revolu- tionary who has captured the heart of Valjean's adopted daughter. His world-view shattered, Javert commits suicide, and Valjean at last attains the peace he has sought for so long. HAIR -- May 6-7. The rock musi- cal that sparked a revolution and ignited a generation is backl All the original hits and new songs rediscovered from the original pro- ducUon are played live by The "rr~be. Although initially performed in 1967, the universal themes of indi- viduallty, experimentation and accep- tance inthe face of oppression are just as resonant today; All the chart- topping Songs that became anthems of counter-culture and the sexual revolution are back, including Aquarius, Let the Sun Shine In, Good Morning Starshine and Easy to be Hard. Boldl Brash! Angry and defiant! This new production returns to its rebellious and pro- vocative roots! Join the revolution -- it's the dawning of a new agel WARNING: This production contains nudity. STONEHAM THEATRE 395 Main Street, Stoneham 781-279-2200 THE UNBLEACHED AMERICAN -- April 10-27. Discover a piece of American historywith Ernest Hogan, the "father of ragtime" and the first African American to perform on Broad- way. Beloved by his fans and wealthy beyond his wildest dreams, Hogan was also an infamous writer of "coon songs" that many considered offen- sive to his own race. This fascinating world-premiere play imagines the re- lationship between Ernest and the woman sent to care for. him at the end of his life, as he struggles with both his own mortality and the legacy he leaves behind. Don't miss Elliot Norton Award-winning actor Johnny Lee Davenport as Ernest in his Stoneham Theatre debut! THE SF.A~RET C~xRDEN- May 15- June 8. Mary Lennox, a young orphan, is sent to England to live with her re- clusive uncle and sickly cousin. When this neglected child discovers an equally neglected garden, she begins to bring life (and a bit of magic) back to both the garden and her uncle's manor. This lush Broadway musical won 3 Tony Awards, including "Best Score of a Musical." Directed by Caiflin Lowans and Weylin Symes. REGENT THEATRE 7 Medford Street, Arlington 781-646-4849 JOE AVATI "BACK TO BASICS" WORLD TOUR -- June 14. Joe Avail is one of Australia's top comedy ex- ports sitting just behind Kath and K/m. Chris Lilley and Barry Humphries. He is also the world's number one selling bilingual comedian. His massive cult following sees him crisscross the globe performing his unique brand of com- edy (performing in both English and Italian) on both sides of the Atlantic where he sells out in the United King- dom, The United States of America and Canada. This puts him into an elite group of comedians alongside the likes of Jerry Seinfeld. Russell Brand, Robin Williams, Bill Cosby, Billy ConnoUy and Barry Humphries. Joe Avati has been dubbed "the biggest comedian you've never heard of," clev- erly staying under the radar and side- stepping the limelight avoiding the media attention. CITI PERFORMING ARTS CENTER, WANG THEATRE 270 Tremont Street, Boston 617-482-9393 EDDIE IZZARD THE WORLD TOUR -- May 8-9. The man the Lon- don Sunday Times calls "The Greatest British Stand-Up Comedian of his Generation" returns to America with his world tour force majeure. One of the most acclaimed comedians of his generation, Izzard's unique, tangen- tial, absurd and surreal comic narra- tives are lauded for their creativity and wit, earning him a New York Drama Desk Award and two Emmys for Dress to K///. two British Comedy Awards'for Top Stand-Up Comedian and an Olivier Award nomination for Out- standing Achievement. His comedy style takes the form of rambling whim- sical monologue and self-referential pantomime. He had a starring role as Wayne Malloy in the television series The Riches and has appeared in many films. In the U.S:, Izzard is the first solo stand-up comedian to perform at the Hollywood Bowl and has sold-out three consecutive nights at Radio City Music Hall. CAPITOL CENTER FOR THE ARTS 44 South Main St., Concord, NH 603-225-1111 ~ BILL ENGVALL -- April 13. It's the quality of sharing the humor in ev- eryday situations that has made Bill Engvall one of the top comedians to- day and among the busiest. Bill voices an animated character in a new show for CMT titled Bounty Hunters and ap- pears on the 17th season of Dancing with the Stars. Bill has hosted nu- merous television shows and starred in and executive produced his own self-titled sitcom for TBS, which ran for three seasons. He was one of the stars of'the sketch comedy show; Blue Co/lar "/V, on the WB network. In 2008 Bill starred in Bait Shop which co- starred Billy Ray Cyrus and had its world premiere on the USA Network. A star of the big screen as well, Bill has appeared in several ~ms includ- ing Strawberry Wine, Bed and Break- fast, as well as Delta Farce. Bill was part of the enormously successful Blue Collar Comedy concert films, which have sold more than 9 million units and are some of the most watched movies and specials in Comedy Central history. HYNES CONVENTION CENTER 900 Boylston Street, Boston 617-954-2000 STAR TREK CONVENTION -- June 21-22. The 2014 Star Trek Convention will include a great list of celebrities and offer attendees an off-the-hook, sensational week- end to remember. We are thrilled to add one of our favorites to the guest celebrity list, which already includes three captains, nine total guests and some fantastic events and attractions -- priced at an amazing deal for full days of live entertainment. CAFE FLEURI, LANOHAM HOTEL 250 Franklin Street, Boston 617-451-1900 DECADES OF DECADENCE -- Ev- ery Saturday through June 28. The Chocolate Bar at The Langham, Boston's Cafe Fleuri returns for its 25th season. The acclaimed dessert paradise brings more than 200 pounds of chocolate to diners, and to celebrate the landmark anniversary, Excutlve Chef Mark Sapienza and Pastry Chef Ryan Pike present "De- cades of Decadence," featuring the most popular desserts from the past 25 years. With a DJ sppining fun up- beat tunes, the all-you-can-enjoy Chocolate Bar feature stations with varying levels of chocolate intensity and flavors. There is also an adult chocolate cocktail menu featuring" cocoa-infused martinis. MARINE INDUSTRA/L PARK South Boston 877-613-0134 CIRQUE DU SOL~IL - AMALUNA -- May 29-June 15. Ama/una invites you to a mysterious island ruled by goddesses and guided by the cycles of the moon. Their queen, Prospera, directs her daughter's coming-of-age ceremony in a rite that honours femi- ninity, renewal, rebirth and balance, marking the passing of these insights and values from one generation to the next. In the wake of a sf6rm caused by Prospera, a group of young men seek refuge on the island, triggering an emotional story of love between Prospera's daughter and a brave young suitor. But their 10ve will be put to the test. The couple must face nu- merous demanding trials and over- come daunting setbacks before they can achieve .mutual trust, faith and harmony. LENOX HOTEL 61 Exeter Stree, Boston (617) 536-5300 SECOND ANNUAL DERBY DASH -- April I0. Please join the Friends of the Boston Park Ranger Mounted Unit as we kick off Derby season with an evening of juleps and derby hats. Please come dressed in your Derby best as there will be a spirited hat contest for both men and women. Jacob, Liberty, Frederick, Baron, Mystic, Winston and Otis look forward to seeing you there and helping you prep in style for the 140th run for the roses.. CITI PERFORMING ARTS CENTER, WANG THEATRE 270 Tremont Street, Boston 617-482-9393 HEARTBEAT OF HOME -- Through April 6. Heartbeat of Home features a new and electrifying sound written by award-winning, Golden- Globe-nominated Composer Brian Byrne. The joyous, heart-stopping and high-energy production also features high-definition, cutting-edge projec- tion technology. Heartbeat of Home showcases world-class dancers from Ireland, USA, Australia, Britain, Canada, Italy, Mexico and Spain and choreography by David Bolger. Music from the show features the hit song Lead Me Home by American Idol Jessica Sanchez. ALVIN AILEY AMERICAN DANCE THEATER -- May I-4. Alvin Alley American Dance Theater grew from a now-fabled performance in March 1958 at the 92"d Street Y in NYC. Led by Alvin Alley and a group of young African American modern dancers, that performance changed forever the perception of American dance. The company has gone on to perform for an estimated 25 million people at the- aters in 48 states and 71 countries on 6 continents -- as well as millions more through tele-vlsion broadcasts. When Mr. Alley began creating dances, he drew upon his "blood memories" of Texas, the blues, spiri- tuals and gospel as inspiration, which resulted in the creation of his most popular and critically acclaimed work, Revelations. Although he created 79 ballets over his lifetime, Mr~ Alley maintained that his company was not exclusively a repository for his own work. STRAND THEATRE 543 Columbia Road, Dorchester (617) 635-1403 www.StrandBoston.eom AN EVENING OF DANCE AT THE STRAND -- April 11. Join the ballet's department of Education and Com- munity Initiatives for an evening of spectacular dance from all facets of Boston Ballet, including the Company, Boston Ballet II, students from Boston Ballet School and students from Boston Ballet's Department of Education and Community Initiatives. Featuring: Performances by Boston Ballet, Boston Ballet H, Boston Ballet School, Adaptive Dance, Taking Steps and Boys in Motion. This event is held in partnership between Boston Ballet, Dorchester's Strand Theater, the Mayor's Office of Arts, Tourism and Special Events and the Boston Public Schools. Tickets are now on sale. .jr